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William WylerThe Life and Films of Hollywood's Most Celebrated Director$
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Gabriel Miller

Print publication date: 2013

Print ISBN-13: 9780813142098

Published to Kentucky Scholarship Online: January 2014

DOI: 10.5810/kentucky/9780813142098.001.0001

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These Three (1936)

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William Wyler

Gabriel Miller

University Press of Kentucky

This chapter offers an account of Wyler's first film for Samuel Goldwyn, an adaptation of Lillian Hellman's hit play The Children's Hour — now renamed These Three. Changes in title and content were mandated by Joseph Breen because of the controversial nature of the play's subject matter, which touched on a lesbian relationship; the film eliminated that relationship and instead focused on a ménage à trois. The chapter also pays considerable attention to playwright Hellman's numerous script revisions in her attempt to refashion and refocus her play. There is also a visual analysis of key scenes, as well as a discussion of Wyler's first collaboration with cinematographer Gregg Toland.

Keywords:   These Three, The Children's Hour, Samuel Goldwyn, Lillian Hellman, Gregg Toland

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